Worldwide Driving Laws

Worldwide Car Hire and Driving Information

Tour Clare makes it easy to rent a car worldwide. If you are familiar with the country where you will be driving, you may not need to go to the country pages. Just use the handy booking engine below and you're on your way.

However, if you are unsure of road conditions, laws, security or any number of other things that may plague your dreams, visit our individual country pages for more car hire information.

Argentina Car Rentals and Tours
There is strict enforcement of traffic laws throughout Argentina and you will need an international license if you wish to drive outside Buenos Aires.

Aruba
A car is good to have if you wish to visit some of the more interesting places on the Island like the unpopulated areas on the north shore.

Australian Car Rentals and Tours
As in Ireland, the right lane on a divided highway is for overtaking.

Austria
The autobahn is a highway system in Austria, with a maximum speed of 160 km/h in only a few places.

The Bahamas
Most driving laws are the same as in the UK.

Bahrain
Bahrain has excellent roads and highways in the northern one third of the country but in other parts they are narrow and tortuous.

Barbados
Driving at night in Barbados is cautioned against because of narrow roads without shoulders.

Belgium
Warning triangles and fire extinguishers are mandatory. First aid kits are suggested but not required.

Belize
Roads in Belize consist mainly of dirt and jungle, and the ones that are paved are frequently crowned and unmarked.

Brazil
While driving conditions in Brazil vary from area to area, they all have in common the danger factor.

Cameroon
If you need to travel around Cameroon, renting a car may be the safest way to get around the country.

Canada
Driving in Canada can be one of the more visual delights of your visit there.

The Cayman Islands
The blood alcohol level is .08 mg/ml (check locally on this) and drunk driving violations are strictly enforced.

Chile
If you get high while driving in Chile, make sure it is on the mountain air and not on alcohol.

Colombia
It is against the law to talk on a cell phone while driving in Colombia but this is not the worst of your problems.

The Congo
Driving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is extremely dangerous.

Costa Rica
Book your car rentals before going to Costa Rica. It can be difficult and very expensive if you try to book after arrival.

Croatia
Croatia has a zero tolerance level for drinking and driving.

Cyprus
There are different driving laws in the North and South so ask for local information at the reservation desk.

The Czech Republic
If you use a mobile phone, it must be hands free in the Czech Republic.

Denmark
Use dipped headlights when driving at all times, no matter what time of day.

The Dominican Republic
Because of unruly drivers, operating a car in the Dominican Republic can be somewhat of a Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

Ecuador
Stay away from the Colombian border (kidnappings) and the northern border (land mines).

Egypt
Egypt has one of the highest road fatalities per mile driven in the world.

El Salvador
Renting a car in El Salvador may be the safest way to travel.

Ethiopia
Fatal traffic accidents in Ethiopia are so common, they are only surpassed by AIDS as the leading cause of death in the country.

Fiji
When passing through communities, watch out for villagers who gather to sit and talk in small groups right by the side of the road.

Finland
Drunk Driving in Finland (over .05 mg/ml), as in Sweden will result in a punishment of one year of hard labor in jail.

France
The French do love their radar guns so expect them to be hiding around every corner.

Germany
Don't run out of gas on the autobahn and keep in mind, uncontrollable urges to give the New York hello to other drivers will result in a fine if you are caught.

Greece
Driving laws in Greece seem more of suggestions to the inhabitants rather than out and out rules but they will be enforced for tourists.

Guam
Public transportation is inadequate in Guam so the preferred means of travel for tourists is a rental car.

Guatemala
Random checkpoints are set up by terrorists. Always keep your windows closed and doors locked while driving. The Canadian government suggests driving visitors should travel in convoys. Ten-four good buddy.

Honduras
Because Honduras offers a wide array of mountains, national parks and lovely rivers to visit, off-road vehicles are advised.

Hong Kong
In China, the maximum allowed blood alcohol level is .03 mg/ml.

Hungary
At 70 km/h, Hungary has one of the lowest speed limits in Europe.

Car Rentals in India
In India, most cars are rented with a driver. This is good because in India there is a high death rate due to traffic accidents.

Ireland
Be careful when driving in Ireland. The roads are narrow and, in many places, rock walls are on both sides of the road.

Israel
In 2006, a new traffic regulation went into effect allowing confiscation of a vehicle if certain traffic laws were broken.

Italy
Seatbelts front and rear are required and speeding laws are strictly enforced with immediate fines. If you want to speed in Italy, carry lots of Euros or be a very pretty girl.

Jamaica
Take care when travelling anywhere in Jamaica, and especially when outside urban areas. Crime is everywhere but, unfortunately, the police are not.

Kenya
Carjacking in Nairobi is common and terrorism is always a concern.

Latvia
Latvia conforms to the norm with its limits on blood alcohol (.05mg/ml).

Lithuania
Headlights must be on while driving from September 1 through February 28. We're not quite sure what happens in a leap year.

Madagascar
Car rentals in Madagascar are only available in the capital city, Antananarivo and the airport there.

Malawi
Car accidents are among the leading cause of death in Malawi and, as usual, we suggest you not drink and drive.

Malaysia
Check points for sobriety tests are common in entertainment areas.

Maltese Car Rentals
Malta has one of the lowest maximum speed limit in Europe at 80 kilometres per hour.

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Martinique
Seat belt laws are strictly enforced and children under 12 years of age are not allowed in the front seat.

Mexico
We recommend consulting travel advisories when travelling to Mexico.

Mozambique
Off-road vehicles are suggested and the country is relatively safe to travel in.

Namibia
Cars are driven on the left side of the road in Namibia and driving under the influence is illegal. The Netherlands
Speeding and other traffic offences are subject to high, on-the-spot fines. In some cases your vehicle can even be confiscated.

New Zealand
Cars drive on the left side of the road and you cannot turn left at a red light.

Nicaragua
Rental cars are the best way to get around Nicaragua but, again, exercise caution when travelling in rural areas.

Norway
The blood alcohol limit is .02 mg/ml which might be achieved by just holding a wine glass.

Panama
Buses and taxis are good ways to travel around urban areas but avoid the Diablo Rojos (red devils).

Paraguay
If you liked going on the bumper-car ride when you were young, you'll love Paraguay.

Peru
Check travel information before going to Peru because the government may be having trouble with insurgents in some areas.

The Philippines
Roads in the Philippines are crowded and the drivers don't always obey the law.

Portugal
The country is known for its bad roads, inadequate driving instruction and a plague of drinking and falling asleep behind the wheel.

Puerto Rico
The loudest horn normally has the right of way in intersections in Puerto Rico.

Russia
To say driving is Russia is hazardous is a bit of an understatement.

Saudi Arabia
Women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.

Senegal
Local drivers tend to be reckless and do not adhere strictly to driving laws.

Serbia
Serbia stresses child safety and requires you to turn off the engine if you are stopped in a tunnel over one minute.

Singapore
Driving in Singapore requires a bit of common sense and a great deal of courtesy.

Slovakia
Seatbelts are mandatory for all occupants and children under 12 years of age must ride in the back seat.

South Africa
Non-residents may drive with a valid license from their own country.

South Korea
Drunk driving laws are rigorously enforced and the maximum level of blood alcohol is .05 mg/ml.

Spain
Here's an odd law. If you wear spectacles (glasses) you must carry a spare pair in your car at all times.

Sri Lanka
Travel in the north and east is strongly advised against because of fighting between the government and rebel forces.

St Barts
During the tourista season, expect crowed conditions.

St Lucia
Although the roads are generally in good condition in St Lucia, they are poorly marked and many mountain areas are bereft of guard rails.

St Maarten
While this may sound odd, the locals do not take kindly to any molestation of their animals so develop a sense of whimsy when driving there.

Suriname
During the rainy season, off-road vehicles are necessary if you want to travel outside the cities.

Sweden
All cars must have their headlights at all times. Dimmed running lights are allowed. The idea in Sweden is to be seen while you drive.

Switzerland
The Swiss pretty much go along with the countries in the EU when it comes to drunk driving (.05 mg/ml) and the maximum speed limit (120 km/h).

Turkey
Turkey has a rather unusual way of dealing with drunk drivers (over .05 mg/ml). They are taken 20 km out of town and force to walk back. Talk about walking it off.

Tunisia
The roads in Tunisia are generally in good condition and the local drivers are more respectful than they are in many other parts of the world.

The Ukraine
Drunk driving is determined by the smell of alcohol on one's breath and the Ukraine is a zero tolerance country when it comes to drinking and driving.

The United Arab Emirates
It is considered a criminal act to make obscene gestures, like the New York Hello, or hurl rude remarks at other drivers in the UAE even if they deserve it.

The UK
Cell phone use while driving is illegal unless the equipment is entirely hands free.

The USA
The maximum speed limit in the USA is 75 mph but only where posted.

Uruguay
Driving under the influence is punishable by license confiscation in certain cases and incarceration in others.

Venezuela
There are gangs throughout the rural areas of the country and kidnapping is common.

Zimbabwe
Latex gloves are suggested if renting a car in Zimbabwe because, in case of an accident, you may be in contact with someone with AIDS.